I first made these pods a few years ago and was reminded recently (via FaceBook) of how much I loved them. They are easy to make, colourful and there is no end to the variations there are. I thought it might be nice to share these with you in a free tutorial.
I’m going to show you a few different pods. The creation of the shape is the same for all of them so no need to show you that with every variation.
Okay let’s get started!!
First create your extruded clay. Cut small circles and join together as shown. Reduce the log of clay so it fits inside the extruder barrel, making sure to keep the “lines” of the clay straight. Created an extruded rectangle.
Create a log of scrap clay and wrap your extruded piece around this. Cut off each end, smooth so the edges of the extrusions join together and texture.
Shave sections off the surface of the clay. You can shave the entire piece or certain areas. Pinch the ends in with your fingers to create a bullet shape. The best way to describe this is to pull the outer layer of clay towards the end the piece to cover the scrap clay, rotating as you go. Smooth the end with a smoothing tool.
Pinch both ends and create an elongated oval shape. You can either shape now with your hands or with an acrylic sheet or perhaps a mix of both. If using an acrylic sheet hold it as shown above and move from side to side. This will cause the end of your clay to taper and “move” as shown. You can unwind the spirals if you don’t like them. I love them so I’m leaving it as is. Do this to both ends and use the side of your palms to finesse the piece.
Let’s have a look at another one!
Use a rounded carving tool to carve out sections of your extruded clay as you can see in the image above. Once your carving is done, pinch both ends and smooth. Roll on your work surface with the outer edge of your palm as shown (I like to do a simple back and forth motion, checking after each roll). This can create some beautiful effects. Keep all those little cut out sections for more beads.
There are so many variations – here are just a few.
I’ve done lots more but didn’t want to give away all my secrets!! Have a play around and see what else you can come up – the possibilities are endless.